Leeds 2 Manchester Utd 1

Eric Cantona

Leeds Uni­ted 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 1, El­land Road, Eng­lish Pre­mier Leau­ge, Septem­ber 11, 1994. Man­chester Uni­ted suf­fered their fir­st de­feat of the 1994-95 cam­paign as they lost 2-1 to Leeds Uni­ted. Da­vid Weth­er­all and Bri­an Deane put Leeds in­to a 2-0 lead be­fore ex-El­land Road ace Eric Can­tona sco­red a late con­sol­a­tion from the spot for the visitors.

Fol­low­ing a 2-0 FA Char­ity Shield vic­tory over Black­burn Rov­ers at Wemb­ley, Man­chester Uni­ted had beaten Queens Park Ran­gers, Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur, and Wim­bledon, and drawn wi­th Not­ting­ham For­est in their four open­ing fix­tures of the 1994-95 Pre­mier Lea­gue sea­son and were sit­ting sec­ond in the top-flight stand­ings. Leeds Uni­ted, mean­while, had de­feated Ar­senal and Crys­tal Pal­ace, drawn wi­th West Ham Uni­ted, and lost ag­ainst Chel­sea and fou­nd them­selves in eighth po­s­i­tion in the Pre­miership ta­ble. The clash be­tween old rivals Leeds and Man­chester Uni­ted at El­land Road lived up to its billing as a tough en­counter and Eric Can­tona was mer­ci­lessly heckled and jeered by the ho­me sup­port­ers from the very fir­st whistle. Af­ter help­ing Leeds to the Fir­st Di­vi­sion title in 1991-92, Can­tona had joi­ned Man­chester Uni­ted on the 26th of Nov­ember 1992 in a deal that did­n’t quite go down well wi­th the El­land Road faith­ful, but he still put in a good per­form­ance des­pite the hos­til­ity from the crowd in what his was his third away ga­me ag­ainst his for­mer club.

The York­shire­men began the bet­ter and Da­vid Weth­er­all hit the fir­st goal of the mat­ch in the twelfth min­ute of pro­ceed­ings when the mas­sive de­fender fired ho­me from a cor­ner by Eng­land in­ter­na­tion­al Da­vid White. And three min­utes in­to the sec­ond ha­lf, early sub­sti­tute Bri­an Deane sco­red the sec­ond goal for The Pea­cocks as the loc­al born stri­ker con­ver­ted a short low cross by nine­teen-year-old wing­er Noel Whelan from clo­se ran­ge. Man­chester Uni­ted ma­naged to pull one back thro­ugh a well ex­ecuted pen­alty-kick from no­ne oth­er than Eric Can­tona in the 73rd min­ute of the con­test, but the vis­it­ing te­am from the oth­er si­de of the Pen­nines failed to find an equal­ising goal des­pite a strong fin­ish. Leeds Uni­ted Te­am: John Lukic, Garry Kel­ly, Da­vid Weth­er­all, Ga­ry Speed, Ga­ry Mc­Al­lister, Carlton Pal­mer, Noel Whelan, Nigel Wor­thing­ton, Phil Masinga, Rod­ney Wal­lace, Da­vid White. Sub­stitutes: Chris Fair­clough, Bri­an Deane, Ma­rk Beeney. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Pe­ter Schmei­chel, Ste­ve Bru­ce, Da­vid May, Ga­ry Pal­lister, De­nis Ir­win, Ry­an Gig­gs, Paul In­ce, An­drei Kanchel­s­kis, Bri­an Mc­Clair, Eric Can­tona, Ma­rk Hug­hes. Sub­stitutes: Nicky Butt, Lee Sharpe, Ga­ry Walsh.


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